Coronations are a once in a lifetime occasion, with the last taking place 70 years ago.
For Londoners looking to be part of King Charles’ coronation, on 6 May, Time Out has a guide to his procession route - and a selection of London’s best celebration events for the three-day weekend.
With hundreds of thousands of well-wishers expected to line the route, it’s going to be an early start for anyone looking to secure a good view. But if you’re happy to brave the crowds, you might catch a glimpse of the new monarch and his Queen along the route of the royal procession.
The royal coach will begin its 1.3-mile route at Buckingham Palace, taking in iconic locations including Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, The Mall and St James’ Park on its way to Westminster Abbey for the coronation service, which begins at 11 am. Following the coronation, the newly crowned King and Queen Consort will return by the same route. For everyone who fails to secure a front row spot, screens in key areas will help you follow the action.
The procession uses a much shorter route than Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth II, took back in 1953. Her five-mile return journey took in Hyde Park and Piccadilly Circus before ending at Buckingham Palace for her famous appearance on the royal balcony. It is understood that King Charles wants a shorter more ‘modern’ and ‘modest’ event.
The King and Queen Consort will travel to the coronation in the diamond jubilee state coach, built in 2012 to mark the late Queen's 60th year on the throne. It will be accompanied by the Household Cavalry and drawn by six Windsor grey horses. For their return, they will board the 260-year-old golden state coach used in every coronation since that of William IV in 1831.